Your All Things Plants weekly news: March 2, 2013

There were 7 new gardening ideas posted last week:

Watering Orchids

By Robynznest
March 2, 2013
Watering Orchids

When watering my orchids, I count to 3 while slowly pouring. This tip keeps me from over-watering.

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Planting Salad Greens

By Dutchlady1
March 1, 2013
Planting Salad Greens

When planting seeds for salad and other edible greens, consider planting one row per week during the growing season. That way, you ensure that you have fresh young salad to harvest every week throughout the season.


Vendor Information on Plant Culture:  How Reliable Is It?

By LarryR
February 28, 2013
Vendor Information on Plant Culture: How Reliable Is It?

How reliable is growing information provided by mail order nurseries? Unfortunately, less than you might think. (2,601 words - Read the full article)


ATP Podcast #7: Listener Questions

By dave
February 27, 2013
ATP Podcast #7: Listener Questions

This week Dave and Trish give their usual reports: Dave's favorite idea, Trish's report from around the forums and some stories about our gardening adventures this week. Our main feature is a question and answer session with ATP members.


Using a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New Beds

By Xeramtheum
February 26, 2013
Using a Bread Knife for Precision Edges on New Beds

I tend to make a lot of small bordered beds. I don’t like to use a shovel for edging because they aren’t very precise. Enter the most versatile of garden tools: the bread knife! (267 words - Read the full article)


Gnat and White Fly Traps

By sewNsow
February 25, 2013
Gnat and White Fly Traps

I make sticky traps to catch gnats and white flies around my plants. Using yellow paper saucers and plastic lids, plus a small foam brush, I coat the saucers and lids with an auto oil additive called MOTOR HONEY. It is very inexpensive, comes in a small bottle, and can be bought wherever motor oil is sold. I hang the lids and saucers with a hook made from wire or a paper clip. I've even dabbed it on pot edges to trap pesky gnats. It works! Don't put it on too heavily or it will drip.


Thorny Re-Potting Chores

By Bubbles
February 24, 2013
Thorny Re-Potting Chores

For those “thorny” re-potting chores when a cactus, bromeliad, rose or other sticky plant outgrows its pot, try this. (140 words - Read the full article)


The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Fragrant Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) by Dutchlady1:
Image from plant ID 78065

Photo of Hellebore (Helleborus x hybridus 'Southern Belles') by aspenhill:
Image from plant ID 117509

Photo of Harry Lauder's Walking Stick (Corylus avellana 'Contorta') by clintbrown:
Image from plant ID 76082

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Black Falcon Ritual') by floota:
Image from plant ID 33249

Photo of Tritoma (Kniphofia 'Toffee Nosed') by clintbrown:
Image from plant ID 551020

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Mariolas Traum') by Carola:
Image from plant ID 56204

The most active threads this week:
Subject OP Area Replies
An Attack in the Dark goldfinch4 Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 34
Some New Babies clintbrown Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 30
Strange Winter Heuchera Garden goldfinch4 Heucheras forum 29
Lemon named Sedum springcolor Sedum forum 26
Sedumsod goldfinch4 Sedum forum 23
Squirrel in my semp pot crittergarden Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum 20
Very clever MaryE Thorny Re-Potting Chores 20
Pregnancy and Gardening lilylady Daylilies forum 19
Banner for February 27, 2013 by Paul2032 Paul2032 Site Banners forum 17

Some new recommendations from our members:
poobles recommended Garden Harvest Supply and wrote:

I too have purchased from Garden Harvest Supply and was pleased with them and their customer service, I had a problem with a couple of hardy plants and they shipped me new replacements. Will buy from them again.Thumb of 2013-02-24/poobles/6a1aed

abhege recommended Cobrahead and wrote:

I don't know how I ever weeded without it. I have both short and long handled and have given many as gifts to my gardening friends.

abhege recommended Heritage Tomato Seed and wrote:

This is a new company and they carry a fair amount of tomato seeds. The website is divided by tomato color and easy to use. Note on invoice to please let them know if any of the seeds are not true-to-type or do not germinate. PLUS a hand written thank you and a free packet of seeds. Oh, I also got an email that my seeds were shipped the same day. We'll use them again.

abhege recommended Tomato Growers Supply and wrote:

Yep, got my tomato and pepper seeds here. Great choices and prices.

abhege recommended Veseys Seeds Ltd and wrote:

I didn't order from Vesey this year but I have in the past and would order from them again.

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